Book a tour: Northern Loop Vietnam Motorbike Tour – A 12-Day Adventure From Hanoi To Halong Bay

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Intro
For the Northern Loop Vietnam motorbike tour, there are various youthful exhilarating activities and attractive destinations from Hanoi to Halong Bay. You will not want to miss out on this trip.
Traveling around Northern VietNam by motorcycle might be challenging, especially for those who are not used to motorbike tours. Yet, it is all about the gems and full of excitement for motorbike tour lovers.
This Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour will last for 12 days with a different itinerary. To get more details and the trip information, keep on reading!

Northern Loop Vietnam Motorbike Tour
Limestone outcrops in Ha Long Bay and tourist boat at sunset

12 Days for Northern Loop Vietnam Motorbike Tour

Day 1. From Hanoi To Mai Chau 

Route count: 170km

Duration: 5 hours ride

This is when you gather at the hotel and start our adventure at 8.00 AM. You will be soon transferred by bus to VietnamBikers's Garage, where you go to pick up your bike and ride the first day of the Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour to Mai Chau village. 

Along the ride route, you will encounter different types of roads, which can be good, small, or even dirt in the village way. The sceneries are so enchanting to see, with outstanding limestone and mountain views that will draw all your attention.

Then it’s time to have lunch, and you will camp somewhere shady and fresh to sit together and eat. In the afternoon, you will find some local houses and be their guest for the night. Don’t worry; we all have contacted them in advance, so be free to stay and have a cozy, welcoming dinner with them.

Scenic point in Mai Chau, Hoa Binh, Northwest Vietnam

Day 2. From Mai Chau to Son La

Route count: 200km

Hours ride: 7 hours

You will keep on heading to the North, and there is an off-road that French people moved from the Indochina Wartime. On the ride way, you will have a chance to meet some minority communities from their villages and then have a nice lunch there.

Maybe when it is dark, you will end up at Son La. You will stay at a hotel and have a special meal for a long day ride.

Amazing view In Northwest Vietnam, Son La to Mu Cang Chai

Day 3. From Son La to Mu Cang Chai

Route Count: 180km 

Duration: 6 hours ride

You will continue the trip and move to the Northeast. This time it can be hard as we will choose to ride the mountain route so that you can visit the largest hydro-electric station of VietNam on the Black River.

Mu Cang Chai has a Hot spring source for their signature food, and you will enjoy it at lunchtime if you want. Dinner and overnight will be at a homestay.

Terraced rice paddy field landscape of Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai, Northern Vietnam ( View taken in between mid August to late September )

Day 4. From Mu Cang Chai to Sapa

Route: 200km

Duration: 5 hours ride

You will expect a smooth route entering the mountain areas here. From the top of Tram Ton Pass, it will give you an amazing overlook under the city below and a sea nearby. 

You will eat dinner at a lovely hotel and then have a night over there for your rest that night.

O Qui Ho Pass, Sapa

Day 5. Sapa

Take your own time and travel to any place you like. Such as go trekking, riding around scenic villages or just relax in the homestay with herbal bath!

Happy kids in Sapa, Lao Cai, North Vietnam

Day 6. From Sapa to Bac Ha

Hello to China from Lao Cai

Route count: 240km 

Duration: 8 hours ride

You will ride downhill to Lao Cai and see a Chinese border along the road. 

At Lao Cai, you will rest and have lunch and head towards Bac Ha, and stay a night there.

Flower H'mong in Bac Ha

Day 7. From Bac Ha to Ha Giang

Route Count: 240km

From Bac Ha, you will still follow the Chinese border. This place is breathtaking, with well-known thousands of steps of rice fields on the terraces. It’s a dream to have lunch here!

Still, you will have a night over at the hotel as planned.

Scenic view on Ma Pi Leng Pass

Day 8. From Ha Giang to Ba Be Lake

Route Count: 240km

When you move through those two destinations, there are chances for us to encounter many passes. They are mountains over mountains which is such a wonderful view to ride along.

After having lunch, Hmong villages will welcome us to visit. You can also carry on motorbiking to Ba Be National park near here and visit this distinctive Vietnamese landscape and stay over a homestay. 

Boat in Ba Be National Park,Vietnam

Day 9. From Babe Lake to Lang Son

Route Count: 230km

If you want to join a boat for the Babe Lake tour and National Park, you can be there for a short visit. Then move back to the village and begin to ride to Lang Son.

To discover the ancient French route, you can go along the road, and there are many stops and villages to visit here.

Stunning view in Bac Son, Lang Son

Day 10. From Lang Son to Halong Bay

Route Count: 250km

If you get lucky, you can behold a spiritual Tam Thanh temple when it is open. Then return to ride along the Chinese border to look for a historical and divine road No 4. 

After a long day riding and visiting some well-known spots, you will soon enter Halong City. It is time to take a break and have dinner.

Scenic spot in Lang Son, riding to Halong Bay

Day 11. Halong Bay

There are some activities we will list for you to follow easily:

  • 7 AM - 12 PM: free activities and travel around Halong City. You can choose to go to the market, beach or other places.
  • 12 PM: start to check-in a boat cruise, sailing the fascinating Bay landscape while having lunch there. 
  • Some of the destinations you can look forward to: spectacular Dog-shaped islets, Fighting Cocks, Incense Urn, etc.
The Incredible view of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Day 12. From Halong Bay to Ha Noi

Route count: 170 km

After having a great time on the boat, you will soon be back and finish the trip. Returning to Hanoi by going through the Red River Delta.

It may be expected to arrive at Hanoi at 5 PM, and we call it an end.

Happy rider paddling the kayak in the calm bay Halong bay among picturesque karst mountains.

Conclusion

This motorcycle tour will be an incredible and unforgettable journey for motorbike riders who are also passionate about discovering the beauty of the VietNam landscape and its distinctiveness. Northern Loop Vietnam motorbike tour is so pleased to be a part of your adventure. 

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience for the world. Let’s prepare your backpack and start your riding!

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